Barcelona have confirmed that Ronald Araujo will undergo surgery on a thigh injury later this week, and he is set to miss this winter’s World Cup.
The defender picked up the problem in Uruguay’s friendly defeat to Iran and returned to Catalonia for further examinations.
And Barcelona confirmed on Monday that the injury will require surgery, with a statement reading: “The first team player Ronald Araujo will undergo surgery on Wednesday for the adductor longus tendon avulsion he has in his right thigh. The operation will be carried out by Dr. Lasse Lempainen, under the supervision of the Club’s medical staff, in Turku, Finland. When the operation is completed there will be another medical statement.
“The injury was sustained by the player on international duty during the game between Iran and Uruguay in which the player was forced off the field after five minutes of the match. Ronald Araujo has made seven appearances for the first team in the current 2022/23 season.”
Reports in Spain insist Araujo could miss up to three months of action, and while it was not explicit in Barcelona’s statement, he will miss Uruguay’s World Cup campaign.
There has been more positive news regarding Jules Kounde however, with the centre-back’s hamstring injury not thought to be as serious as first feared. He’s still facing a race against time to be fit for next month’s Clasico with Real Madrid, but he should return in time for the World Cup with France.
Ben White leaves England World Cup squad due to ‘personal reasons’
Arsenal star Ben White has left England’s World Cup training camp and isn’t expected to return for the remainder of the tournament.
The defender didn’t make an appearance in any of the Three Lions group stage games, and has now left the squad due to ‘personal reasons’.
In a statement released by England, the Three Lions confirmed the news: “Ben White has left England’s training base in Al Wakrah and returned home for personal reasons.
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“The Arsenal defender is not expected to return to the squad for the remainder of the tournament. We ask that the player’s privacy is respected at this moment in time.”
White has enjoyed a fantastic domestic season with Arsenal, becoming the club’s first choice right-back – and one of the best right-backs in the Premier League – as the Gunners have gone from top four challengers to table-toppers.
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France, who have already secured a spot in the last 16 of the World Cup 2022, play Tunisia on Wednesday in their final Group D matchup.
In the meantime, the African nation is last in the standings and must defeat the current champions to advance to the knockout stages.
Poland XI (4-4-1-1): Szczesny; Bereszynski, Glik, Kiwior, Cash; Frankowski, Bielik, Krychowiak, Zielinski; Swiderski; Lewandowski
Argentina XI (4-3-3): Martínez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuña; De Paul, Enzo Fernández, Mac Allister; Messi, Álvarez, Di María
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